Cheating Spouses and Divorce

Cheating Spouses and Divorce

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There are so many misconceptions out there about cheating and divorce.

Many people know that California is a no-fault divorce state.  (Actually, all 50 states have the option of no-fault.  There are still only a few states that have other grounds).

I wish California was a FAULT state!  Then the law would PUNISH them for cheating!

First, fault v. no fault does not mean what you think it means.

No Fault Divorce
No Fault Divorce

Fault v. no fault are GROUNDS for divorce.  In the past, when California was a “fault” state, in order to get a divorce, you had to prove wrongdoing.  (abuse, infidelity, etc.)  This led to a lot of people falsely accusing the other JUST to get divorced.

For more information, please read these articles:

The Misconception of No-Fault Divorce

Happy 50th Birthday, No Fault Divorce California

That Being Said, Cheating On Its Own Will Probably Not Be Relevant to Custody

Unfortunately, the law doesn’t assume a cheater is a bad parent.  Rather, the law is concerned about children, and protecting their relationships with both parents in the event of a divorce.

Thus, cheating probably will not affect custody.

Cheating Not Relevant to Child Support

The law obligates you to support your cihldren, whether or not your ex is cheating.

Cheating MAY Be Relevant to Spousal Support, If Cohabitating

For more information, read Cohabitation and Spousal Support.

Other Helpful Articles

My Spouse Is Unfaithful!  Can I punish them?

Do Mistresses Have Rights?


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